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US improves travel advisory to India amid decline in COVID cases, asks Americans to 'reconsider travel'

The CDC suggests that people reconsider travel to destinations that are classified as Level 3, and that if people travel there, they make sure they are fully vaccinated before they go.

US improves travel advisory to India amid decline in COVID cases, asks Americans to 'reconsider travel'-dnm
Washington D.C., First Published Jul 20, 2021, 10:22 AM IST
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The United States has improved the travel advisory for India, lowering it from the highest Level 4 to Level 3, which urges citizens to reconsider travel.

The Level 4 category means no travel.

"Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorised vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers," the advisory by the US State Department said.

However, the improvement of the travel advisories for India and Pakistan by the State Department on Monday comes in acknowledgment of the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the region.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for India due to Covid-19, indicating a high level of Covid-19 in the country, the State Department said on Monday.

“Reconsider travel to India due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism," it said.

In April, the US issued a level 4 travel health notice for India as the country was reeling under the second wave of Covid-19.

When last month’s advisory was issued, India was struggling with a second wave of the pandemic with more than 3,00,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported. Hospitals were reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.

While the CDC issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Pakistan due to Covid-19, indicating a moderate level of the pandemic, the State Department maintained Level 3 risk for US citizens travelling to the country due to terrorism.

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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